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Startling number of older adults take prescription drugs that increase risk of falling

A surprising recent study found that 94 percent of adults 65 years or older take at least one prescription drug that increases the risk...
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Quality improvement training: A simplified approach

How a correctional facility engages all staff in QI Takeaways: The purpose of continuous quality improvement (QI) programs is to improve healthcare by identifying problems,...
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The Stories That Never Get Told – Compassion

Compassion and caring at the heart of nursing. It was too late. I could never speak to him again. By the time I was notified that...

Patient safety awareness

How do we create a mindset focused on safety? Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 14-20. Its importance can’t be emphasized enough. In addition to...
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Operationalizing new knowledge, innovations, and improvement

This organization’s infrastructure supports clinical inquiry.  Takeaways: Nursing has the responsibility to provide evidence-based practice that meets patient, family, and community expectations. New knowledge, innovations,...
Violence should not be part of the job

Violence should not be part of the job

Universal violence precautions in acute care Takeaways: Workplace violence can surprise and overwhelm nurses, leaving them unable to safely provide patient care. A multi-component intervention...
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Small bowel obstruction

Early identification results in a positive outcome.   Takeaways: Abdominal pain, bloating and distension, vomiting, and obstipation are warning signs of small bowel obstruction. Small bowel...
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Seven reversible causes of dementia in older adults

Early identification and accurate diagnosis can improve patient outcomes. Takeaways: Some causes of dementia can be reversed through proper identification, intervention, and treatment. Nurses play...

Standardizing handoff communication

An electronic tool helps ensure care continuity and reduces miscommunication. Takeaways: Using a standardized electronic handoff tool improves nurse-to-nurse communication. It ensures care continuity and...
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Navigating the loss and grief of a nurse suicide

With employer support, nurses can help each other after a colleague’s death. Takeaways: The bonds created among nurses make the loss of a colleague difficult...
Pediatric pain management

Pediatric pain management

An individualized, multimodal, and interprofessional approach is key for success. Takeaways: Many pediatric patients experience unnecessary pain because of undertreatment and inadequate pain management after...
safety-culture

The Culture of Safety: Huddle and Muddle

The notion of culture of safety implies not merely the absence harm, injury or preventable death, but also the unmeasurable feeling that one is...

The Bedpan and its Significance

During the holiday doldrums I came across a 2015 Smithsonian magazine article entitled “The strange saga of George Washington’s bedpan.” The article was a...

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